"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.13 No.4
"Fortunately, art is a community effort - a small but select community living in a spiritualized world, endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh." - Allen Ginsberg

Continuing with this series of monthly communiqués, just to keep up with all the activivites surrrounding our year-long celebration, "TheNocturnes@20." You can view the complete schedule of events (starting wa-a-y back in January!) here. However, you'll probably want to see the current list of upcoming events - with more being added weekly - at this link.

So, on to some of the featured events and deadlines for July 2011 - let's have a look, shall we?
Right off the bat, we'd like to inform you of an exhibit celebrating TheNocturnes@20 at the Sanchez Art Center (East Gallery), in Pacifica, CA. The show runs from July 8 thru August 14, with a Reception for the Artists on Jly 8, from 7-9pm. Featuring nightwork by some of "the usual suspects" (Deb Rourke, Troy Paiva, Joe Reifer) as well as some vintage prints (circa 1979-91) by Steve Harper, Lance Keimig, and Tim Baskerville - included in the 1991 exhibit, "The Nocturnes" at Gallery Sanchez (same spelling, no relation!). Check out the PDF here - for the details, and please mark your dance cards for July 8th!
Speaking of shows, nocturnal - at this time we would like to announce a Call for Entries to "The Mare Island Nocturnes" exhibit, taking place the month of August at the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation Museum. Open to Nocturnes Alumni and other active Nocturnists (by invitation), all the work will be juried by JPG submission (Deadline: July 17). An email reply (with your intent) to studio[at]thenocturnes[dot]com gets you the full Prospectus and all the details for submission and acceptance. Jurors TBA - including some from the Mare Island Volunteer Community.

July finds us exploring several more "Postcards from San Francisco" with (3) individual one-nighters, offered thru the good folks at SF Park & Rec at the Harvey Milk Center/SF Photo Center. Subjects include a Full Moon NPy session at historic Sutro Baths Ruins and the Cliff House (hallowed ground for many Bay area NPrs!); a trek thru Chinatown; and a visit to the Palace of Legion of Honor. In the classroom portion of these workshops, we will investigate historic reference points of these oft-photographed SF icons, and discuss technical considerations related to photographing the sites at night. Following this, we travel

to the locations for some twilight work (many times, the best alternative for low-light photography in heavily lit urban settings), continuing to photograph into the dark of night. Visit the SF Rec & Park site for details, registration. (Above image from "Postcards from SF," Treasure Island edition)

A Reminder: that the Call for Entries to our latest onlne Exhibit of Night Photography: "All along the Lee Shore" has been extedned - to July 30. The title, of course, comes from the song, "Lee Shore" written by David Crosby, It's a beautiful, quiet piece evoking imagery of the sea, sailing, and the "universality of all living things" - see video here - and for us, here at The Nocturnes, continues our study of music as muse. Also, we are looking for a non-virtual (i.e."bricks 'n' mortar") venue to exhibit the work in 2011 - part of the TheNocturnes@20 - any suggestions? Check out the prospectus for this, our 24th online show!

"From here to Venezuela . . . "

Well, guess we can talk more 'bout this now: that is, the late-night amphibious invasion by 20 selected Nocturnes of Alcatraz Island, on July 15. The roster for this "Almost Over-nighter," largely negotiated by Kevin Buckholtz and Scott Murray, includes such Bay area Nocturnal luminaries as Steve Harper, Troy Paiva, Joe Reifer, Susanne Friedrich, Adam Moore, Mark Jaremko, etc. - part of TheNocturnes@20 year-long celebration of our "Twentieth!" Look for night work from this exciting excursion in a variety of venues in the near future, including the "This Ain't Off-Limits Anymore . . ." Flickr group, as well as possible book publication.

Finally, a somewhat "august" teaser for you to ponder for next month: What Los Angeles NPr returns to his Bay area NPy roots to co-lead a workshop with Tim in September? But wait! . . . there's more - in next month's NightNews!

"It was twenty years ago, today . . ."

Hope to see you at one or all of these events!

Susan Nichols
workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com

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